Masterclass & Concert in partnership with the Fontainebleau Schools for Music and Fine Arts

The FEU is delighted to host the Fontainebleau Schools for Music and Fine Arts (EAAF) during the summer of their centennial celebrations (full program). After the Carte Blanche at the Château de Fontainebleau on July 14, some former and current musicians of the EAAF and the FEU will perform a concert inspired by the masterclass with Jay Gottlieb, a tribute to Nadia Boulanger and the “Journée de la Création”. The musicians will not be the only ones to participate, the visual artists of the FEU will also take part in this day with some live drawing.

Practical information

Date : July 29th | Masterclass 15h Faceboook Event | Concert 19h Facebook Event
Covid : In accordance with government regulations, you will be asked to show your vaccination passport or a negative Covid test taken within the last 48h.
Please respect the general physical distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance.
Access : The entrance will be through the garden at the back of the Grand Salon [access plan].

Reservation Masterclass

Reservation Concert


Paul Bonneau (1918-1995)
Caprice en forme de valse (1950), Micheal Chapa.

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
American Songbook, Kyrian Friedenberg

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
Elle était descendue au bas de la prairie, Jay Gottlieb, Solange Adamson
Au pied de mon lit, Jay Gottlieb, Solange Adamson

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)
Versailles, Jay Gottlieb, Solange Adamson
Chanson, Jay Gottlieb, Solange Adamson

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Gaspard de la nuit (1908), Kyrian Friedenberg

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Luftklavier (1985), Jay Gottlieb, Thomaz Tavares, Michael Chapa, Andrew Briggs, Elaine Ng

Alexandre Jamar (1995-)
Pieces for 2 viola (2021), Elaine Ng, Corey Worley

Dayton Hare (1996-)
First light, a bird is singing, Elaine Ng

Sato Matsui
Potpourri Francais, Thomaz Tavares, Andrew Briggs, Rieko Tsuchida.

Olivier Greif (1950-2000)
Adieu à New York, Kyrian Freidenberg, Thomaz Tavares, Michael Chapa, Andrew Briggs, Elaine Ng, et Bartu Ozsoy


Alexandre Jamar
Dayton Hare
Sato Matsui

EAAF’s Musicians

Corey Worley
Elaine Ng
Bartu Elci Oszoy
Kyrian Friedenberg

Special Guest

The New York Times has hailed Jay Gottlieb‘s “adventurous brilliance” and described his playing as “beautifully colored and technically formidable”. Pierre Boulez has said of him: “extremely interesting, he gives evidence of a sure originality and the best qualities in the domain of execution.” Born in New York, Gottlieb studied at the Juilliard School and at Harvard University, and in France with Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, Yvonne Loriod, Robert Casadesus, and in Germany with Aloys Kontarsky. He won the Master Award at the Tanglewood Festival and since has appeared in major international music festivals (La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, International Keyboard Festival in New York, Autumn Festival in Paris, Autumn Festival in Warsaw, Biennale in Venice, Moscow Forum…), concertizing and giving lecture-concerts and master classes throughout the world. Institutions such as the Juilliard School, Indiana University in Bloomington, Paris Conservatory, Ecole Normale and Schola Cantorum in Paris, American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, Centre Acanthes of the Avignon Festival regularly invite him as a pedagogue. He has appeared as soloistwith many orchestras and ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Percussions de Strasbourg, London Sinfonietta, the Group for Contemporary Music in New York, etc., working with conductors Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lukas Foss, Arturo Tamayo…Many composers (Magnus Lindberg, Franco Donatoni, Sylvano Bussotti, Alessandro Solbiati, Maurice Ohana, Ralph Shapey, Luis de Pablo, Poul Ruders, Gilbert Amy, Bruno Mantovani, Oscar Strasnoy, Betsy Jolas, Barbara Kolb, etc.) have written works for him, and he has composed music for several films and written a book on contemporary piano music. He has recordedfor Philips, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Aeon; several times winning awards such as the Grand Prix du Disque of the French Recording Academy, the Diapason d’Or, the “Choc” of the “Monde de la Musique” among others.

The FEU musician residents, alumni and company

Lyric soprano Solange Adamson sings a variety of operatic roles in the US and Europe. A student of Vladimir Chernov and Olga Toporkova, she began studies this fall at École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, in the Cycle de perfectionnement. An avid performer of new music, she collaborated with composer Gabrielle Owens to create a song cycle based on the 13th century poetry of Beatriz de Dia which premiered in 2019. With Opera UCLA, she created the roles of Sor Andrea in Carla Lucero’s opera Juana, and the Queen in Nicki Sohn’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. In the 2017/18 season, she performed the roles of Indiana Elliott in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi, both with Opera UCLA, and the Abbess in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Center for Opera Studies in Italy.

Praised as “an artist with an already expanding reputation and great future” (The Well-Tempered Ear); cellist Andrew Briggs is a world traveler. Recent performances include recitals in Bergen, Netherlands and Narbonne, France; collaborations with the principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam, NL); recital performances in Paul Hall, NYC; with Axiom Contemporary Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall, NYC; and concerto appearances in Wisconsin and Colorado. Last season, Andrew was a member of the Colorado Symphony cello section, principal cellist of the Crested Butte Music Festival, and guest artist on recital series in Chicago, New York City, and Denver. Completing his Masters Degree at The Juilliard School, he recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his doctoral project, “Piatti and the Body: An Integrative Approach to Learning the 12 Caprices, Op. 25”, on Youtube. Currently Andrew resides in Paris, France as a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des États-Unis, where he is studying and performing works of Duport, Debussy, and Poulenc. He is one of the founding members of the IMAGO ensemble.

Michael Chapa, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a passionate performer and an avid music educator. He recently completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Debra Richtmeyer while serving as an Athletic Bands Teaching Assistant for the Illinois Bands. Previous degrees include a Master of Music Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois (2019) and a Bachelor of Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University (2017). Michael has performed as a soloist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony and SFASU Orchestra of the Pines. As a chamber musician, he has performed with University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Wesleyan Symphonic Winds. As a member of the award-winning Khroma Quartet, Michael has traveled to numerous venues across the Midwest to perform a diverse range of music to demonstrate the varied capabilities of the saxophone and promote the array of colors the saxophone quartet can contribute in many genres. Recent accomplishments include the first prize at the 2020 American Prize Chamber Music Competition, winner of the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, second place at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, winner of the 2017 Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Chamber Illinois State Competition, and winner of the 2015 Stephen F. Austin State University Concerto Competition. Newly awarded the 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, Michael will be living at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France while studying with Jean-Michel Goury at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional Boulogne-Billancourt.

Paris based flutist Thomaz Tavares regularly performs, records, and tours with the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe under the baton of Nicolas Krauze and isco-founder of Ensemble Imago. He has been praised by the Virginia Gazette as a “polished performer, with a pure, direct sound…embracing the work’s lyrical and virtuoso demands”. Tavares was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2019-2020 year during which he explored the French Belle Époque repertoire under the guidance of Jean Ferrandis and the flute music of the composer Yuko Uebayashi under the composer herself. In 2019, Tavares obtained his Diplôme Supérieur de de Execution from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with unanimous distinction from the jury and in 2020 he obtained his Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste, the highest degree offered by the institution. He’s most recently been a guest performer with the Fontainebleau Association, Ensemble Calliopée, and the Open Chamber Orchestra of Paris. He is also one of the founding members of the IMAGO ensemble.

Prize-winning pianist Rieko Tsuchida has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Tsuchida made her professional concerto debut in 2011, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the California Symphony. That year she was also invited to participate in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. Most recently in March 2020, she performed with violinist Virgil Boutellis and Soloists of Royal Philharmonic at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. She will also present concerts with them at the Berlin Philharmonie and at Carnegie Hall in 2022. Mr. Boutellis and Ms. Tsuchida are releasing a violin/piano duo album with Aparté Record Label next year. In May 2013 she made her solo recital debut at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. She has also performed with the Ashdod Symphonic Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the California Youth Symphony, and the San Domenico Orchestra. In March 2016 she was invited to perform for the Consul General of Japan, Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, in New York City. As a result of her successful performance, she won the SONY USA Foundation Grant 2016 through the Salon de Virtuosi. Ms. Tsuchida earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. She recently completed her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School in the studios of Dr. Matti Raekallio and Joseph Kalichstein. She founded, with Thomaz Tavares and Andrew Briggs, the IMAGO ensemble, currently in residence at the FEU.

The FEU visual artists

Annette Gonzalez Parra
Arthur Haywood
Libéral Martin
Anahita Navaei
Madison Vander Ark
Rose Vidal

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